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Sheridan, Susan; Dynarski, Mark; Bovaird, James – Decision Information Resources, Inc, 2017
This guide provides experienced education researchers with suggestions for conducting high-quality effectiveness studies to overcome research challenges common to rural settings. The guide addresses four factors that researchers must consider when conducting educational effectiveness research in rural settings: (1) study design, (2) recruitment of…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, School Effectiveness, Guides, Educational Research
Scher, Lauren; Kisker, Ellen; Dynarski, Mark – Decision Information Resources, Inc, 2015
The purpose of this paper is to describe best practices in designing and implementing strong quasi-experimental designs (QED) when assessing the effectiveness of policies, programs or practices. The paper first discusses the issues researchers face when choosing to conduct a QED, as opposed to a more rigorous randomized controlled trial design.…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Quasiexperimental Design, Best Practices, Predictor Variables